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From the Forest: A Search for the Hidden Roots of our Fairytales

by Sara Maitland

Fairy tales are one of our earliest cultural forms, and forests one of our most ancient landscapes. Both evoke similar sensations: At times they are beautiful and magical, at others spooky and sometimes horrifying....


Book of Superstitious Stuff: Weird Happenings, Wacky Rites, Frightening Fears, Mysterious Myths & Other Bizarre Beliefs

by Joanne O'Sullivan

From the curse of the lottery winners to the good feng shui of a local restaurant, this quirky, wacky, weird, and wonderful collection of superstitions uncovers the truth about some of our most familiar beliefs,...


The Curse

by Karen Houppert

A provocative look at the way our culture deals with menstruation.

The Curse examines the culture of concealment that surrounds menstruation and the devastating impact such secrecy has on women's physical and...


Common as Air

by Lewis Hyde

Common as Air offers a stirring defense of our cultural commons, that vast store of art and ideas we have inherited from the past that continues to enrich our present. Suspicious of the current idea that all...


The Sisterhood

by Dorothy Allred Solomon

Many hold a deep fascination with Mormonism but erroneously think of it as a secret religion that celebrates polygamy and confinement. Most outsiders regard Latter-day Saint women as submissive and pitiable....


L.A. Exposed

by Paul Young

Every city has its urban legends, its tall tales, and even its outright lies, and Hollywood and Los Angeles have enough to fill a book--and Paul Young has done just that.

L.A. Exposed includes the facts behind...


Carrying the Word

by Susanna Rostas

In Carrying the Word: The Concheros Dance in Mexico City, the first full length study of the Concheros dancers, Susanna Rostas explores the experience of this unique group, whose use of dance links rural religious...


Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite: The Science of Monsters

by Matt Kaplan

We all know “there’s no such thing as monsters,” but our imaginations tell us otherwise. From the mythical beasts of ancient Greece to the hormonal vampires of the Twilight saga, monsters have captivated...


Campus Traditions: Folklore from the Old-Time College to the Modern Mega-University

by Simon J. Bronner J. Simon J. Bronner

From their beginnings, campuses emerged as hotbeds of traditions and folklore. American college students inhabit a culture with its own slang, stories, humor, beliefs, rituals, and pranks. Simon J. Bronner takes...


Ghosts Along the Texas Coast

by Docia Williams

A collection of strange occurences, this book brings to light tangible evidence and first-hand testimony to validate a wide range of ghostly tales. Whether they haunt the place of their death or a place they...


The Book of Tea: Classic Edition

by Okakura Kakuzo

Now available in a gorgeous hardcover slipcase edition, this "object d'art" will be sure to add grace and elegance to tea shelves, coffee tables and bookshelves. A keepsake enjoyed by tea lovers for over a hundred...


Rainy days in Texas funbook

by Wallace Charition

Puzzles, games, and trivia questions introduce the history, symbols, and people of Texas.


Saga of the Volsungs: The Norse Epic of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer

by Jesse L. Byock

The Saga of the Volsungs is an Icelandic epic of special interest to admirers of Richard Wagner, who drew heavily upon this Norse source in writing his Ring Cycle and a primary source for writers of fantasy...


Citadel Values II: Essays for Contemplation

by Robert E., Jr. Freer

This book is an educational tool to capture the lessons and fortify students in the greater world beyond The Citadel. The essays of comfort and wisdom reflect the author's thinking and writing during tumultuous...


Kachina Tales From the Indian Pueblos

by Gene Meany Hodge

This collection of American Indian legends was gathered by Gene Meany Hodge from authentic sources in the 1930s and centers around the sacred supernatural personages of the American Pueblo Indians called Kachinas...


Aguinaldos: Christmas Customs, Music, and Foods of the Spanish-speaking Countries of the Americas

by Virginia Nylander Ebinger

"Aguinaldos y villancicos, recetas, tradiciones de Navidad"-songs, recipes, and traditions of Christmas from the nineteen Spanish-speaking countries of Middle and South America, as well as from the one state...


Christmas in Old Santa Fe

by Pedro Ribera Ortega

Lightly falling snow, covering everything in sight with a soft mantle of white, burning luminarias and mellow-light farolitos, the warm adobe architecture, the peace and quiet that settles over the land on Christmas...


Children Around the World: A Multicultural Journey

by Jane Caballero

Songs from the Ivory Coast, clothes from Korea, food from Russia are all explored in this amazingly comprehensive encyclopedia of cultures. All children want and need to learn about the uniqueness that makes...


The Yankee Chick's Survival Guide to Texas

by Sophia Dembling

Culture Shock in Texas can be intense and is exacerbate by local rules of propriety that tell us to keep out mouths shut. But here in this book we are going to talk all about it with good old Yankee outspokenness....


Eat Thy Neighbour: A History of Cannibalism

by Daniel Diehl & Mark F Donnelly

In Eat Thy Neighbour the authors put cannibalism into its social and historical perspective. Even in an age when almost nothing is sacred numerous prohibitions surround the subject. However, there is some dark...